RECONCILIATION AND

HOLY COMMUNION

In the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, children in the 2nd grade, who have been baptized, receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the first time.

Preparing for First Holy Communion

How to Receive the Eucharist in Your Hands

1. Approach the altar with your hands folded.

2. When the person in front of you is receiving the Eucharist, stop and bow as sign of reverence to Jesus. Proceed to the priest.

3. When you reach the priest, cup your left hand and place your right hand under it. Think of your hands as a “throne” for Jesus. (You can switch this if you are left-handed). Lift your hands up to about chest level.

4. The priest will say, “The Body of Christ.” You say, “Amen.”

5. The priest places the Host in your hand and you step to the side. Take the Host in your right hand and place the Host in your mouth (and consume immediately).

6. Fold your hands and return to the pew. Kneel down and pray to Jesus thanking Him for allowing you to receive Him in Holy Communion.

How to Receive Holy Communion on the Tongue

1. Approach the altar with your hands folded.

2. When the person in front of you is receiving the Eucharist, stop and bow as a sign of reverence to Jesus. Proceed to the priest.

3. The priest will say, “The Body of Christ.” You say, “Amen.” Then tilt your head back a little, open your mouth and lay your tongue on your lower lip. The priest will place the Host on your tongue (consume immediately).

4. Fold your hands and return to the pew. Kneel down and pray to Jesus thanking Him for allowing you to receive Him in Holy Communion.


How to Receive the Precious Blood from the Chalice

1. Approach the priest who is holding the Chalice.

2. When the person in front of you is receiving the Precious Blood, stop and bow your head as a sign of reverence to Jesus. Proceed to the priest.

3. The priest or Deacon will say, “The Blood of Christ.” You say, “Amen.”

4. The priest or Deacon will hand you the Chalice.

5. Hold the Chalice with both hands and take a small sip. Give the Chalice back to the priest or Deacon.

6. Fold your hands and return to the pew. Kneel down and pray to Jesus, thanking Him for letting you receive Him in the Precious Blood.



HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR FIRST RECONCILIATION

(the sacrament of healing)

THINGS TO DO and KNOW AS YOU PREPARE FOR YOUR FIRST RECONCILIATION.

  1. Practice an examination of conscience. (see below)

  2. Learn the Act of Contrition prayer.

  3. Practice going to confession (use fake sins).

  4. The priest gives a voice to God’s forgiveness and he is there to help. Your sins, confessed to the priest, will remain private.

  5. Know that everyone sins, but trusting in Jesus will heal you and help you to improve in the future.

~Remember Jesus’ love for you and his desire to draw you nearer to himself in this sacrament of healing.~


PRACTICE AN EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE: (Do this each night before bed.)

  1. Responsibilities to God:

a. Have I spent time with God in prayer every day?

b. Have I been stubborn about praying and going to Mass on Sunday?

c. Have I asked God to help me when I have been tempted to sin?

  1. Responsibilities to others:

a. Have I been disobedient and disrespectful to my parents?

b. Have I lied or cheated?

c. Have I been stubborn about my responsibilities?

d. Have I been selfish with the things I have?

e. Have I gotten angry at anyone?

f. Have I hit anyone?

g. Is there anyone in my life that I need to forgive?

h. Have I made fun of others?

i. Have I used bad language?

j. Have I stolen anything?

k. Have I been helpful and loving toward my family?

l. Have I been thankful for the things I have instead of being jealous of others?

How to make your First Confession: